What is on your winter break reading list? In 2017?
Recently, I was engaged in professional learning webinar. As the conversations took the usual twists and turns the focus turned to professional reading. The discussions and chat box popped with book title after book title!
We decided to compile a list of our favorites. And yes, I completely realize there are way too many books for winter break—and maybe even too many for 2017—but we hope that it sparks your journey of professional reading and professional growth.
Best Practices Books
- Best Practice: Bringing Standards to Life in America’s Classrooms, 4th Edition
- The Lesson Planning Handbook: Essential Strategies that Inspire Students Thinking and Learning
- Choice Words: Our Language Effects Students’ Learning
- Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives
Literacy, Reading, and Writing Books
- Not This, But That Series
- Reading Essentials: The Specifics You Need to Teach Reading Well
- Mosaic of Thought: The Power of Comprehension Strategy Instruction, 2nd Edition
- To Understand: New Horizons in Reading Comprehension
- The Reading Strategies Book
- The Art of Teaching Writing
- The Digital Writing Workshop
- The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation
- The Art of Coaching Teams: Building Resilient Communities that Transform Schools
- Better Conversations: Coaching Ourselves and Each Other to Be More Credible, Caring and Connected
- The Literacy Coach: Guiding in the Right Direction
Book Recommendations By Other Educators
Larry Ferlazzo recently shared a blog, What was the favorite education-related book you read this year? Larry invites readers of this blog to share their favorite education-related book they read during the previous twelve months. Check out the book recommendations offered since 2008.
Books That Made A Big Difference in My Professional Life
In this blog, Katie Wood Ray offers the top five professional books that most affected her teaching, served as a turning point in practice and introduced her to a new way of approaching her work as an educator.
I am not sure how Katie limited her list to just 5 books!
As I consider the professional reading I have done over the past 22 years, I am struck by the number of books and diversity of topics and authors that have made an imprint on my educational career.
Here is my list! Not as concise as Katie’s and certainly not comprehensive!
- Systems for Change in Literacy Education: A Guide to Professional Development
- Change Over Time in Children’s Literacy Development
- Rousing Minds to Life: Teaching, Learning and Schooling in Social Context
- Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
- The Constructivist Leader, 2nd Edition
- Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades, 2nd Edition
- Teaching for Comprehension and Fluency: Thinking, Talking and Writing About Reading K–8
Note, I could have easily included books from the list above by Peter Johnston, Ellin Oliver Keane, Lucy Calkins, and Peter Brunn!
Engaging Reads for Winter Break
In her recent blog, Elena Aguilar shared Books to Read Over Winter Break. I applaud her for sharing a list that is not education-focused; instead, it includes engaging reads that you might enjoy during some down-time and included a few suggestions for your students and children.
What is on your list of professional reading this winter break and in 2017?
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